July 08, 2019: SOAP #3504:   Hosea 13-14; Psalm 100, 102; Hebrews 5S Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 100:1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we […]

July 08, 2019: SOAP #3504:   Hosea 13-14; Psalm 100, 102; Hebrews 5S

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 100:1 Shout for joy to the LORD,all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are hispeople, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks tohim and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continuesthrough all generations.

Observation:   Inthis psalm, we are given some special keys for life.  We are told how to enter the presence ofGod.  What can be more important thanthat! 

We are to come before him with joyful songs. We enter his gates with thanksgiving. We enter his courts with praise. 

Application:   SinceGod is omnipresent, I am always in His presence.  However, I am not always aware of Hispresence.  When I sing a joyful song ofthanksgiving and praise, I become aware of His presence!  Joyful songs of thanksgiving and praise mightnot change my circumstances, but they will change the focus of my heart and thefocus of my thoughts. 

Knowing that I can enter the gates of the King of heaven, that I can enter thecourts of Creator God, why would I want to stand outside with my mind lockedinto the hopelessness of the world around me? Why would I hesitate to use these special keys to enter an awareness of theloving God who gave His Son to die for me?  

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, remind me of what is available tome and how to use these keys.  May myjoyful songs of thanksgiving and praise bring joy to the courts of heaven.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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